The news network with coverage so ridiculous they put their headlines on t-shirts has captured its best action footage since the first Iraq war. While filming a segment on London’s Oxford Street for a book release, CNN’s cameras witnessed a bold daylight smash-and-grab raid on a jewelry store. The thieves used two motorcycles not only as getaway vehicles, but as cover — the riders revved the engines to cover the sound of the shop windows being broken with a sledgehammer.
Update: It looks like the same gang attacked our friends at Urban Rider, story after the jump.
The thieves apparently stole “handfuls” of luxury watches before
roaring off down Oxford Street and probably blending in with normal
London traffic as soon as they reached Marble Arch. No arrests have yet
Aggressively ridden motorcycles are such a common facet of London’s
traffic that they’d make the ideal getaway vehicles. Outwardly
indistinguishable from hundreds of other near-identical machines,
riders can pass through London’s gridlocked traffic both with speed and
stealth. We’re just surprised they got onto Oxford Street without being
noticed; it’s off-limits to everything but buses, delivery vehicles and
taxis. Realizing they’d succeeded, the thieves rode away flashing
Will from Urban Rider says: We had a visit last week from what the police suspect to be the same crew. Andrew was in the store on his own when 3 guys with balaclavas and helmets came in. 2 stole some helmets, the third tried to steal our S4RS Monster. The first 2 ran to their bikes to ride off, at which point Andy was brave enough to rugby tackle the 3rd guy as he rode out of the shop. They fell into the street and the bike went into the central reservation and is a write off, forks and headstock fucked. They got away, police are useless, shit happens.